Playing With / Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl

Basic Trope: The pairing of a calm, pragmatic guy with a Genki Girl.
  • Straight: The easy-going Bob is dating/friends with Genki Girl Alice.
  • Exaggerated: Bob spends most of his time sitting down and watching Alice bounce around.
  • Downplayed: Bob is only slightly more easy-going and less energetic than Alice.
  • Justified: Alice always got into fights with guys as energetic as her, so she looked for a more mellow friend.
  • Inverted: Bob is a Keet while Alice is an Emotionless Girl.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is introduced as being fairly calm, but it turns out he's just as crazy as Alice behind closed doors.
    • Alice starts out really energetic and excited, but it turns out she just had a lot of coffee.
    • Alice was just really excited about the birthday party her friends are planning for her.
  • Double Subverted:
    • least, he pretends to be in their roleplays.
    • It turns out Alice acts energetic without coffee in her veins.
    • And after the birthday she's excited about pizza day at school, and the new puppies at the pet store, and it not raining...
  • Parodied: Bob is comatose, and Alice is too busy to notice.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob is calm unless he has sugar; when he does, he's as Genki as Alice. However, it turns out that sugar is actually the catalyst to a "Freaky Friday" Flip, and that Bob!Alice just retains her energy to keep up appearances. When this is solved, Charlie notes that Bob did have enough energy to pretend being Alice, which leads Bob to become generally energetic even without sugar. And then it turns out that sugar actually makes Alice fall asleep.
    • Bob and/or Alice are bi-polar or have borderline personality disorder.
  • Averted: Bob and Alice have comparable energy.
  • Enforced: The writers already have a pairing that applies Closer to Earth, and they want to compensate for it.
  • Lampshaded: Charlie asks Bob how he can possibly keep up with Alice.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Invoked: Daniel sets Bob and Alice up on a date to prove that the trope can work.
  • Defied: Emma prevents a date between Alice and Bob, since she believes the trope can't work.
  • Discussed: Fred and George try to find a girl for Bob, and note that someone like Alice might be good for him.
  • Conversed: Bob tries to convince Alice into going out with him, saying that they'll be just like Harry and Isabelle in her favourite sitcom.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob finds himself constantly getting dragged into things he really doesn't want to do. Due to Alice's carelessness, he suffers some Amusing Injuries.
  • Played For Drama: Bob finds himself constantly getting dragged into things he really doesn't want to do. Due to Alice's carelessness, he dies.

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